The Hitman’s Bodyguard was a nice little moneymaker for Lionsgate, pulling in over $175 million on a $30 million budget. A sequel was quickly given the go-ahead, and original cast members Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, and Salma Hayek are coming back for more. Now the follow-up – which has the truly awful title of The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard – has added another tough guy action star to its ranks: Frank Grillo, who’s appeared in films like The Purge: Anarchy, The Grey, and Warrior.
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In comic book movies, dead characters are only dead until they’re needed again. Marvel Studios is no stranger to cinematic resurrections, and now an actor has revealed that a character from the Captain America franchise will make a surprising return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in next year’s Avengers 4. Does this appearance confirm a long-standing theory about what might happen in the superhero sequel? Read More »
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?
This week we demand equality, have trouble wondering what’s real, travel the globe to fight strangers, revisit the AIDS crisis in its early years, and meet a kid who is already more successful than most of us. Read More »
Have you heard of Acts of Violence, First Kill, Marauders, Extraction, Vice or The Prince? They’re all Bruce Willis action thrillers that you’ve likely forgotten about or never even heard of, and they’re all movies that have come out within the last four years. That just goes to show you how often Bruce Willis is churning out forgettable fodder for action-hungry audiences who will watch anything while eating a Little Caesar’s pizza. Now we can add one more of those movies to the list.
Reprisal actually features Frank Grillo in the lead as a bank manager who has a little bit of PTSD from a robbery at his bank that resulted in the death of a co-worker. And who ends up helping him figure out who is behind a string of bank robberies in the area? That’s right, it’s Detective Bruce Willis, and he’s got a shotgun and stuff, so look out. Read More »
Marvel Cinematic Universe players Anthony Mackie and Frank Grillo are teaming with Everly filmmaker Joe Lynch for Netflix’s Point Blank remake. The film will be an American take on Fred Cavayé‘s French crime drama Point Blank (A bout portant). Read More »
(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.)
Break out the cranberry sauce: it’s almost time for Thanksgiving. Soon you’ll be forced to sit at a table with your family and have a conversation. How terrifying! My advice: skip all that and stream some movies. If your family complains, advise them to sit down and stream the movies along with you. It’s win-win! Also, bring beer.
You don’t have to force a conversation with movies; you just have to watch them. Isn’t that glorious? Of course, with the ever-growing list of streaming services out there, it can be hard to pick a specific film to watch for your own specific needs. But since I’m such a nice guy, and it is the season of giving, I went ahead and assembled a cornucopia of great films for you to stream in the next few days. There’s stuff(ing) here from David Lynch, Guillermo del Toro, Ryan Coogler, and more! We’ve got horror, family films, fantasy, romance, action – you name it! So get ready to binge on these films, but make sure you save room for leftovers. Here are the best movies streaming right now! So let’s get streaming.
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Posted on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 by Ben Pearson
The classic Bill Murray comedy Groundhog Day is the most famous movie example of a time loop scenario in which a character must relive the same day over and over again, but there have been plenty of others since 1993. The concept seems to be back in fashion in Hollywood these days, with films like Edge of Tomorrow, Before I Fall, Naked, and Happy Death Day putting their own characters through a repeating hellscape in order to teach them a lesson about themselves. And now a new movie called Boss Level will use that same formula.
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Beyond Skyline sounds like and technically is a sequel, but it looks and acts like an original film.
Taking place concurrently with the events of 2010’s Skyline, Beyond Skyline uses the occasion to give the widely forgotten sci-fi film a makeover — thanks to the efforts of buzzy stars Frank Grillo and The Raid and The Raid 2’s Iko Uwais.
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Wheelman exists at a tricky crossroads. It’s the kind of down and dirty, modestly budgeted thriller made for an adult audience that major studios tend to shy away from these days. But as a Netflix original movie, very few people will have the chance to experience it on the big screen, which is a shame because it’s a great audience movie.
And Wheelman is a great audience movie. So invite some friends over, crank up the volume, and be prepared to laugh and cheer and stop breathing for 82 minutes. But first, you can watch the Wheelman trailer below if you need additional convincing beyond “Frank Grillo is a seasoned getaway driver who has a very, very bad night.”
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Posted on Tuesday, September 26th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
Allow me to thumb my suspenders and clear the kids off my lawn before I break out this old cliche, but they don’t make ’em like this much anymore.
Wheelman may represent the shifting cinematic landscape of 2017 – it was produced by Netflix and will skip theaters and arrive directly on the streaming service next month – but it’s a straightforward, simple, muscular, and blissfully old school thriller that, much like its leading man, feels like it escaped from 1974. But even when this crime-gone-wrong movie traffics in familiar beats, it does so with a slick confidence and calm-under-fire grace. Making a movie that feels this cool (this effortlessly cool) sometimes feels like a lost art. This is the kind of hardened, macho, dizzyingly entertaining crime movie that gets in, does its job, and gets out without wasting a single second of your precious time. You get the sense that Wheelman respects you, the audience member: it’s not here to beat around the bush. Like a great getaway driver, its focus is squarely on delivering the goods.
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